Workshop – Struggle Strategies Against Glass Ceiling Barriers that Women Administrators Face

BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING FOR WOMEN ADMINISTRATORS

(2017-1-TR01-KA204-045966)

ERASMUS+ Adult Education Strategic Partnership Project

WORKSHOP

STRUGGLE STRATEGIES AGAINST GLASS CEILING BARRIERS THAT WOMEN ADMINISTRATORS FACE

15 November 2019

Lion Park, Suites & Residences Hotel

Aydın/TURKEY

Attendants

Pınar YENGİN SAPKAYA

Burcu ALTUN

Meltem ÇENGEL SCHOVILLE

Ayşe ELİTOK KESİCİ

Müslime GÜNEŞ

Cevriye AYYILDIZ

Emine Nuray SİNAN

Güleser KIN

Necla ŞAHİN FIRAT

Aycan ÇİÇEK SAĞLAM

Zeynep Meral TANRIÖĞEN

Funda NAYIR

Seher SARIKAYA

Özlem BALKIZ

Saadet KURU ÇETİN

Gül AKTAŞ

Songül ÇİLİNGİR

Nevin YILMAZ

Emel UŞAKLI

Sinem TANKOÇ

Suna Barış ÖZER

Gülfidan KENDİRLİOĞLU

Derya ÇETİN

Hatice GÜRGÜN

Figen SEZER

Huriye Ahsen KOYUN

Nurtaç ÜSTÜNDAĞ KOCAKUŞAK

Esra GÖKMEN YILMAZ

 

STRUGGLE STRATEGIES AGAINST GLASS CEILING BARRIERS THAT WOMEN ADMINISTRATORS FACE

FINAL DECLARATION

The final declaration of the workshop “STRUGGLE STRATEGIES AGAINST GLASS CEILING BARRIERS THAT WOMEN ADMINISTRATORS FACE” which was held on 15 November 2019 in the course of ERASMUS+ Adult Education Strategic Partnership Project (2017-1-TR01-KA204-045966) in Lion Park, Suites & Residences Hotel is below:

Individual, Societal and Organizational strategy suggestions to be used to struggle against glass ceiling are as below:

  1. In course boks and contents, social gender roles, discriminative language and expressions that show women as second-class citizen can be eliminated, visuals can be readjusted.

  2. In order to empower the relationship with children and parents, trainings for parents can be organized with the aim of raising awareness about gender discrimination.

  3. Courses can be set up, programs can be organized and organizations for these programs can be extended fort he people who do not see gender discrimination as a problem in order to raise their awareness.

  4. A governmental organization such as “Women Ministry”, which especially includes the Word “women” in its name. Under this ministry women support units (such as Contribution to production, education, personal development, social and psychological support) cam be organized.

  5. In order for girls to take part in education more, parents can be given grants for their girls’ education. Their maintenance to educational stages can be inspected.

  6. Raising of enterprising women projects can be provided. For this, raising the attendance of women in production and financial support for women can be provided.

  7. Use of conscious or inconscious use of discriminative language use (for example: girl and woman) can be eliminated.

  8. Compulsory broadcasts towards the equal roles of men and women and the strenghts of women can be prepared by states. With the help of successful women, successful samples can be introduced. Social media and other mass media can be used more active and efficient way in this issue. Especially success stories of women, who are successful in professions which are believed as suitable for men, can be introduced to public in worldwide. By using mass media (TV shows, series and movies, advertisements etc.) an effective impact on individuals can be realized. Gender discriminative factors in TV advertisements can be inspected and reorganized.

  9. Teachers, who are first role models of children, should take compulsory courses on Social Gender Issues. Courses like this can be widen to undergraduate progams in universities.

  10. Precautions tor ise the number of women administrators can be taken. Women qoutas can be identified in organizations such as “at least %30”. Policies that provide women to take part in as administrators can be developed.

  11. Encouraging policies can be enhanced towards women organizations. It can be helpful for these organizations be more conscious and more productive.

  12. For rural point of view, economic activities can be enhanced and women organizations, which will be managed by women administrators can be established. Universities should take responsibility in this issue and work collaboratively with local authorities.

  13. In order to decrease the extra burden of women about childcare, which is one of the barriers that women face in attending work-life, educational organizations for pre-school education (nursery schools, pre-school institutions etc.) and social areas (study centres, playgrounds, sport and art centres etc.) can be extended.

  14. Parent schools should be opened and in these schools the idea that domestic works and child care is not under the responsibility of just women, they are common duties for men and women should be emphasized.

  15. Courses and departments about home economics can be established and extended.

  16. Meritocracy should taken as a bassis for administrator appointments for both women and men. Especially men can be trained to break their gender prejudicies against women for promotion.

  17. More attention should be drawn about mobbing and abusement at work against women and more effective ways of struggle should be found.

  18. Women employment should be risen in every areas of work in order women to be more visible in administrative positions.

  19. The numbers of cafes, clubs and other places that women can easily reach and be more visible in social life and that women and men spend time together should be risen.

  20. Films, theaters, tv series that encourage women to be promoted to administrative positions at workplaces and to deal with difficulties can be presented systematically and consistently.

  21. The point of view about women in reality programs on TV is an important obstacle for women to take place in executive positions. In such programs, women should be prevented from loss.

  22. The achievements and struggles of women writers, women scientists and women administrators should be promoted by showing examples in schools, written and visual media.

  23. More researches should be conducted on the causes of gender issues and solutions in universities. More financial support should be provided to research on women.

  24. The source of the thoughts and invalidity of them, which see the woman as a second-class being originating from the religious dogmas that occurred in medieval history all over the world, should be explained more in schools and in the media.

  25. Women should take a more active role in decision making by taking more place in politics in order to increase their effectiveness in society and to rise administrative positions more frequently. To this end, political parties must positively set women’s quotas.

  26. The social media accounts that process the glass ceiling syndrome faced by women should be supported, made more visible and new accounts should be encouraged to open.

  27. One way to get rid of the codes imposed to women by the relations network of the religious agriculture society, which has lasted for thousands of years, is to ensure to realize the industrial breakthroughs for women, to ensure more participation of women in the production economy and democratization, to improve human rights, and to strengthen the state of law by providing effective citizenship education for all countries, promoting women’s organization, encouraging women to participate in democratic mass organizations and unions more.

  28. Public administrators can be trained on gender inequality. In-service training can be provided for working women to protect their rights in the public and other workplaces. Women’s counseling centers can be opened. In cooperation with the body of lawyers, women can be supported in legal, psychological and social services. Giving psycho-drama trainings to women in working life, communication, family life can make them realize their own value.

  29. Girls should be directed to professions that match their interests and abilities through vocational guidance activities instead of traditional women’s professions.

  30. In order to emphasize that women and men are side by side, not opposite each other, the practice of peer representation (clasroom president, clup president etc.) in the form of a girl and a male student should be made widespread.

  31. The government, which assumes the duty of taking care of the elderly parent, should provide aged care services to alleviate the workload in question.

  32. A special day such as “Glass Ceiling Day” should be determined at national level, and attention should be drawn to the issue nationally and regionally.

  33. In order to overcome learned helplessness, senior female administrators should encourage their subordinates in this regard, give mentorship to them and explain the beauty of their position.

As a result, it will not be enough to consider and implement these solution strategies separately. In this context, solution suggestions should be implemented in a way that is interrelated and supportive. Thus, it is thought that more effective results will be obtained in the fight against glass ceiling barriers.